It’s that time of year again and American football season is back in full swing! Sometimes, there’s nothing better than having a lazy Sunday with some beers, burgers and football streaming on the TV, all day long. One of my friends has a favorite haunt at KATY VIBES: REAL FOOD, REAL ENTERTAINMENT for the big game days, and this is true for those who prefer to go out for the games instead. For those of us Americans living in London, we don’t always have that luxury and we’ve got to head out of our flats and houses to catch the action elsewhere. At least we still have access to fantasy football sites like DraftKings where we can interact with the action and even have the chance to win cash prizes! It can be really hard to pinpoint which bars and pubs will be streaming the games, so I’ve come up with a list of where to watch the NFL games in London.
Greenwood in Victoria – Located in the heart of Victoria, Greenwood is an upscale pub and restaurant that has a Sports Lounge of dreams – including six screens (two mega screens), showing all the NFL action! They’ve also got an American 8-ball pool table and two shuffleboard tables. They’ve also got an awesome bar menu with delicious croquettes, pizza strips, burgers, and more served all day. This is my ideal spot to spend a Sunday afternoon watching football!
Greenwood | 170 Victoria St | Westminster | London | SW1E 5LB
The Hippodrome Casino – Located in Leicester Square, The Hippodrome Casino is the ultimate spot to cheer on your favourite team. Every game has it’s own screen, they’ve got an awesome all-American food and drink menu and everyone comes in their team’s jerseys so you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the USA. The place comes complete with a pay by phone casino option on the main floor – with lots of poker, roulette games like Imperial Fruits 5 Lines offered to those online, and blackjack tables, if you’re tired of watching sports and want to do a little gaming of your own.
The Hippodrome Casino | Cranbourn St | Leicester Square | London | WC2H 7JH
Bodean’s – Known for it’s awesome Kansas City-style BBQ, Bodean’s has multiple locations throughout London AND shows several of the games every Sunday. Locations include: Balham, Clapham, Fulham, Old Street, Soho, Tower Hill, Covent Garden and Muswell Hill. Beers, BBQ and football – sounds pretty good to me. Call your local branch ahead of time and ask what games they’re showing for that day.
Frankie’s Sports Diner – An American-inspired sports bar in Fulham, Frankie’s has 12 HD screens to catch the action of the games every Sunday. When you buy a bucket of Bud, you’ll get a basket of buffalo wings for free – game on.
Frankie’s Sports Diner | Stamford Bridge | Fulham Rd | London | SW6 1HS
Belushi’s – Another awesome American-style sports bar with multiple locations across London. Belushi’s has backstage access to regular season and playoffs and replays with a Season Plus Game Pass. Any game you want to watch – they are able to screen it for you. Even better, if there’s a big group, you can reserve a spot for a front row spot, pay £10 each and get a bucket of 5 Bud Lights and a Tex Mex platter. Sounds ideal.
Showing games in: Camden, Greenwich, Hammersmith, London Bridge and Shepherd’s Bush.
Riley’s Sports Bar – Haymarket – This place is one of the ultimate sports bars in London. There’s 34 screens showing 70 sports channels, so you’re guaranteed to catch the game you want. They also have pool and ping pong tables, 4 different bars, and a great beer list. In addition to NFL, they also show college games and basketball! Check out their schedule online to see what games they’ll be showing every Sunday and get there early to snag a seat.
Riley’s Sports Bar | 80 Haymarket | London | SW1Y 4TE
Wembley Stadium – And of course, the best place to watch a game is at Wembley Stadium! The International Series kicks off tomorrow with the Colts vs the Jaguars. We went last year to watch the Kansas City Chiefs and had a blast. It was definitely a highlight of my year and if you get the chance to go you definitely should!
If you prefer to watch the games at home, you can buy Sky Sports, which shows some of the games, Game Pass, which will give you access to 256 regular season games, and you can watch highlights on BBC iPlayer.
If there are any other sports bars to watch the NFL in London, please let me know!